Chem Safety Board Makes Embargo Watch Honor Roll

February 5, 2014

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has won some kudos for how it treats the news media.

Few journalists know or appreciate the work of Ivan Oransky, a medical journalist who publishes Embargo Watch, a watchblog on how news embargoes affect access to information. Oransky posted a critical assessment on January 30, 2014, of a new embargo policy set by the CSB. He found requirements not to seek comment or confirmation of material in an embargoed report "alarming."

Unlike many government agencies, the CSB took another look at its policy, and revised it. This won the CSB a place on the "Embargo Watch Honor Roll."